Chocolate makes love grow, it does

If you think about chocolate for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter, we have treat for you.


We have information from the Culinary Institute of America about dipping chocolate and you can dip just about any food. Some common ones are strawberries, bananas or marshmallows. I prefer pretzels, love the sweet and salty combination. Love just about anything with salt and just about anything with  chocolate.  You just can’t go wrong.


If you’re in the mood for adventure you can try these Chocolate Cherry Nut Candies, one of my mother’s favorites. Hint, you need to add a lot of powdered sugar and make sure the dough is superchilled before you roll into balls. Then freeze the balls in a single layer before you dip in chocolate. You can add coconut. It’s yummy.


Cherry Nut Candy

1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese

¼ lb. butter

2 boxes powdered sugar or more

1 tsp. vanilla

19 to 20 maraschino cherries

½ to ¾ cup chopped walnuts

Chocolate wafers for dipping


Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Cut cherries into small pieces and drain on paper towel. Put mixture in the freezer until it’s very cold. With powdered sugar on hands, roll into balls. Freeze. Melt chocolate in heat-proof glass over a water bath. I use an ekctric frying pan with about 1 ½ inches of water. Dip balls in chocolate and drop on waxed paper or into candy cups. Makes about 100 pieces, depending on the size of the candies.

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